The Mind Inside Episode One

The Mind Inside, an I Love Public Schools docuseries, explores the landscape of mental health issues in Nebraska schools.

Episode One lays the foundation for the series, establishing what life looks like in public schools today and how mental health impacts the classroom. The episode takes place in a middle school where staff tackle a whole host of challenges students bring to school with them, from trauma to peer frustrations, anxiety and depression, and more. Watch stories from students, hear from school leaders, and understand the growing need for compassion, empathy, and support for students.

  • Sally Nellson Barrett
  • Sally Nellson Barrett
  • Lane Shadgett
  • Amanda Irvine
  • Eric Depue
    Key Cast
  • Carey Starns
    Key Cast
  • Bill Jelkin
    Key Cast
  • Debra Anderson Pappas
    Key Cast
  • Andrew Marinkovich
    Director of Photography
  • Sally Nellson Barrett
  • Dan Katz
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    31 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 15, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Sally Nellson Barrett

Sally Nellson Barrett is the director and executive producer for Nebraska Loves Public Schools. Since 2011, she has interviewed more than 400 people and directed more than 50 films to raise awareness about the high quality public education available in Nebraska. Prior to this campaign, Sally ran a successful practice providing creative direction and story development for many of the largest banks and investment managers in the country.

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Director Statement

Over the last year, we have spent time in counselors' offices, listened to stories of students and teachers, and interviewed local and national experts. What we’ve learned is that mental health challenges are faced by students all over the country, in every school, everywhere.

We created The Mind Inside series to explore what students are struggling with today, what social, emotional, and behavioral resources are available, and what schools and their communities are developing as short- and long-term solutions.

This topic is complicated and deeply personal. Throughout production, I found myself being much more understanding and empathetic the more I listened to these stories. I hope this film series does the same for you, too.

We hope you’ll watch each episode, share the stories, and have serious conversations with family and friends about what we all need to do to help support our kids.

On behalf of Nebraska Loves Public Schools, I'm proud to share this film with the world and I can't thank the students and staff enough for their courage and collaboration in allowing us to tell these stories.

We are grateful for your support.